Battlefield V just completed its first Tides of War chapter, Overture, but the second chapter didn’t start right away as some assumed it would. Fortunately, DICE has announced when the second chapter, Lightning Strikes, will kick off, and it’s only a week or so away.
According to an in-game message that appeared on Battlefield V‘s multiplayer screen over the weekend, Lightning Strikes will launch on January 16th. As for the specific time it’s launching, YouTuber Westie noted that the British version of the game has it set to launch on January 17th at 12 a.m. GMT, which converts to January 16th at 4 p.m. PT. Battlefield V‘s paid currency, called Battlefield Coin, is also expected to launch on January 18th, according to an Amazon listing.
Perhaps confusingly, the in-game message calls the next chapter “A Few Good Soldiers,” though that’s most likely a reference to the title of Lighting Strikes’ first week of challenges. DICE has yet to state what rewards players will be able to earn by completing each weekly challenge, though we expect they will include some new weapons and cosmetic items, similar to Overture’s rewards.
Lightning Strikes won’t be adding any new maps to the game, at least according to a previously revealed roadmap, but there will be plenty of new modes for Battlefield V players to explore. The long-promised cooperative mode, Combined Arms, will finally launch with Lightning Strikes, and the “Few Good Soldiers” title might hint that the first week’s challenges will require players to team up and take on AI. Two new competitive multiplayer modes, the 8-vs-8 Squad Conquest and Battlefield V‘s take on Rush, will also launch with Lightning Strikes, though DICE has stated that both modes will be temporary. DICE is also mixing up Grand Operations for Lighting Strikes, though it’s unclear exactly how the mode will change.
Lightning Strikes will run from January 16th until sometime in March, when Battlefield V‘s third Tides of War chapter, Trial By Fire, will launch. Trial By Fire will introduce the game’s battle royale mode, Firestorm, as well as a new multiplayer mode, new Combined Arms missions, and a new map set in Greece.